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A Winter Villanelle

When life leaves you blind, 
The hounds of winter are at your door 
And the night has seen your mind. 

You’re going numb, you’re leaving behind 
Footprints in the snow. You hit the floor 
When Life leaves you blind. 

You hear a voice—a melody kind, 
Fainting, trapped under ice, underfloor. 
And the night has seen your mind. 

You lift your eyes, you find 
A hazy shade of winter, forevermore. 
When life leaves you blind. 

The hounds are in your shrine, 
They’re pawing at your core 
And the night has seen your mind. 

And you, beautiful-brave, love of mine 
are battling with heart beating this winter’s war. 
When life leaves you blind 
And the night has seen your mind. 

© M. Jay Dixit, September heart-to-hearts, 2022 All Rights Reserved

posted over at dverse

A/N: This is my first time writing a Villanelle, I fell in love with this form when I read “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath and “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas. I hope you’ll like mine. If there’s something wrong, please feel free to tell me in the comment section.

One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite singers. Enjoy!

Take care 

~Jay ❤


34 thoughts on “A Winter Villanelle

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  1. This speaks to me especially with the addition of the song/video. My son used to listen to Linkin Park (maybe still does). I think it is so relatable when going through difficult times, as is your villanelle with its powerful lines.

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    1. Thank you very much, Mish! It’s nice that your son listened to Linkin Park. In fact, when I was in 6th grade, Linkin Park was the first english-language band that I listened to. They were my favorite 💖


  2. Jay, the secret to a good villanelle is choosing good repeating lines, and you did that. You captured the atmosphere of being hunted by winter and how it messes with your mind very well. I hope to see you writing more villanelles.

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